Coconut tree or cocos nucifera is a tree from a palm tree family. Coco trees grow in abundance in the tropical climate and can live on fresh or salt water. People find coconut trees to be a source of relaxation under the shade besides the seas. It is also a symbol of romantic and beauty in the tropical islands. Coconut trees can grow up to 50-80 feet high and bearing almost 50 fruits each. Usually it takes many years for a coconut tree to mature and it can live up to many decades.
Coconut trees can grow in most Tropical part of the world such as Asia, Africa, South America, and the Pacific region. In America, only Hawaii and Florida can be able to grow coconut tree as it couldn’t grow in cold area. Usually coconut trees grow near the sea or rivers and it can find lots of moisture in the roots. Besides its beautiful representation, coconut tree is a great source of healthy food and water for our body.
Almost every thing on the coconut tree can be used by human. The coconut fruits have plenty of healthy water which is very good for replenishing and re-hydrating your body after exercises. The coconut water also has plenty of health benefits such as vitamins and mineral, low fat and sugar content, as well as enhance and boost your metabolism. The white meat inside is for eaten or for making coconut milk. It is also used for making coconut oil. The oil is squeezed from the coconut meat, the leftovers is used to make cattle food. Besides cooking purpose, coco oil is also used to make soap and cosmetic products.
The leaves are used to make hats, household baskets, trays, house mats and even for making houses (in Asia). They also use the trunks for stabilizing houses or buildings and the roots are for making a dye. The hard crust outside of the nuts can be used as wood for cooking and barbecue. The unopened flowers can be used to make alcohol bev erages, sugar, and vinegar.